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About Benjamin M.

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Ypsilanti, MI

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About Benjamin
Hello Future Students!

I recently moved from NYC to Ypsilanti - very close to Ann Arbor where I was born. 10 years on the East Coast and another 10 before that in Chicago has helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching. Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home or through the use of Skype. I hope to get my Car fixed soon!

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subjects not directly related
to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

Besides touring internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist, I am a Songwriter. THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all Songs. So, if you are a songwriter, we can polish up your approach!

If you would like to learn how to compose a Solo, a Duet or Ensemble, I can get you started in a low-stress, one-step-at-a-time procedure. As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I am Composer and Conductor for New York City's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra; a 13-member ensemble.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

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My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
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Elizabeth S. April 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ben is a great teacher! He communicates very well. He is relaxed and very professional.
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saber February 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very down to earth and very knowledgeable in lots of aspects of music
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Jack February 1, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Mr Miller was very attentive to my son's needs upon our very first visit. He had his saxophone ready to play right along with my son as he was teaching. My son, who is 12, stated that Mr Miller was cool and spoke his language so that he could understand.
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About Leni B.

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Magnolia, TX

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About Leni
BA in Music, composition and conducting from Hunter College (City University of New York)
Diploma from the Conservatoire de Fontainebleau, France
Studied with Louise Talma, Jacques Louis Monod, Nadia Boulanger

Lessons are about learning to make music, not endless scales and arpeggios which so often lead to pain and injury. Tone production, sight reading, and age appropriate theory and interpretation are strong elements from the beginning.

An overwhelming percentage of young, enthusiastic and talented children are discouraged early and give up the piano because they do not make rapid progress and therefore do not enjoy their lessons. Music is one of life's great joys. It should be fun. For the intermediate, and even the advanced, student, it is critical that much more attention be paid to the musicality of the playing and the u
nderstanding of the music. This leads to more beautiful playing and greater enjoyment.

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Lessons are designed for the needs of the individual student.

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7' KAWAI concert grand
Basic video recording capability

*** Travel Equipment ***
Basic video recording capability

*** Specialties ***
Concentration on interpretation, Theory, Solfege and ear training, and non injurious piano technique.
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Karen M. May 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
Leni is an incredible instructor. He is extremely knowledgeable and yet never comes across as condescending or arragant.
He is helpful and encouraging and makes learning to play fun.
The music that he selects is challenging without being overwhelming and he is fine with moving on to something else if you just plain don't like a piece.
He is a very popular instructor and I feel fortunate that I have found a space in his schedule !
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Edie F. November 30, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I really enjoyed my first lesson with Leni. He's very thorough and passionate about playing the piano. It's been years since I played, and he was very patient with me and explained things in detail.
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Court September 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I can honestly say that Leni is one of the most professional and intelligent music instructors I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I have a background in music (low brass) from the 6th grade all the way through college. While I no longer play any brass instruments, I am currently taking drum lessons, and felt that now would also be the best time to try my hand (no pun intended) at piano. I am very happy with the lessons that Leni gave, however, I eventually came to the realization that the piano would be too much of a time constraint for me. I was not 100% committed to the piano due to working an 8-5 job every day, as well as taking the drum lessons I was already taking prior to starting piano. Also, it didn't help that I did not have a piano to practice with. With that being said, if I ever find myself with the time/capability to commit myself to the piano the way I wanted to, then I will be contacting Leni for more lessons. There are many piano teachers out there, but if you want to learn the CORRECT way so that you will not hurt your hands/fingers, then Leni is the absolute best choice. Thanks for everything Leni!
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About Ben G.

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Pacoima, CA
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Ben is a professional musician located in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015, he completed his coursework at the University of Redlands where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance.
As a musician, Ben performs solo for weddings, corporate events, restaurants, and other private parties. While studying to receive his degree, Ben studied one-on-one with guitar greats such as Jody Fisher, Stuart Green, and Paul Murphy.
As an educator, Ben offers the knowledge he has accumulated over the past four years of intensive conservatory-styled study. He has been teaching students of all ages through his private studio for many years. Whether you are just learning to play the guitar or you've been playing for years and want to understand music theory or learn a new style, Ben can provide the tools to get you there.
During the week, Be
n works at a successful recording studio in North Hollywood.
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Antonio J. August 5, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Fantastic instrcutor. Ben was very professional! I liked that he tailored every lesson for me. Ben sure knows what hes doing on the guitar and I enjoyed my lessons with him.
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Robinson M. June 9, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Ben has always been very helpful to me. He takes me step by step and doesn't move on until he is sure that I understand the lesson. One of the best things is that he teaches you songs that you want to learn so that you learn the style that you want to. If there are no online chords or tabs, he takes the time to figure them out for you. Ben is also very punctual. Along with being punctual, he is very flexible with his schedule. I would recommend him.
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Robinson M. June 9, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Ben has always been very helpful. He is very flexible with his schedule, very patient with his students, and asks them for songs they would like to learn so that he can teach them the style that they want to learn. He also understands when other priorities come first, and has no problem adjusting. He takes his students through step by step. I would definitely recommend Ben.
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About Stephen B.

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Irvine, CA

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I've teaching and performing professionally for 18 years.
I've studied with some of the top teachers in California:
- Jim Fagen (classical guitar)
- Erik Halbig (rock, jazz & country)
- Jim Witzel (head of jazz guitar at CSUSF)
- Ron Eshcete (jazz guitar)
- Carl Verheyen (everything).

Have a 3 ring binder, tuner and metronome (tuner and metronome are available at app store for free).
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Tommie W. August 4, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
First lesson went great; looking forward to more.
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John D. June 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor!
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Brandon April 11, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I had an amazing first lesson. Stephen was knowledgeable and patient. He tailors your learning to the type of music you enjoy. I cant wait for the next lesson!
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About John J.

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Fall River, MA
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I have adopted the philosopher Bennett Reimer’s beliefs. He believed in music for music sake. In other words: Music was an art-form to be admired and not always performance based. Reimer believed in music literacy and wanted every child to understand and know how to read basic music notation. Music is also an interpersonal and multicultural art-form designed to excite and engage all cultures. If you can link any and all subjects to music, you will be able to grasp more students. Knowing how sound waves are made and the history of the piano, is just as important as knowing and demonstrating singing or playing instruments. My own philosophy on performance is, “Not only is it necessary, it is a necessity.”
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Eric April 10, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
John truly went above and beyond to help me prepare for my auditions. He is the reason I have been offered so many roles. John is the Swiss army knife of instructors. He is an all-in-one coach with a fully decked out studio that I was also able to take advantage of. Every standing ovation I have received is thanks to mister John Jannis. If you're not using John for whatever musical needs you have, you're making a foolish mistake.
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About Dom P.

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Washington, DC
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Hello! My name is Dom P. and I am a professional guitarist currently living in Washington DC. I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music where I majored in professional music with concentration in guitar performance. For the past 10 years, I have made a living as a performing guitarist, music director, arranger and music educator. My career has brought me to over 60 countries worldwide where I have performed with acts such as The Temptations, The Platters, The Drifters and many more. I have extensive performing and teaching experience in jazz, rock, blues, funk, and heavy metal. In addition to guitar, I also offer lessons in music theory, arranging, and ear training.

Thanks, and I look forward to teaching your next lesson!
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Laura June 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgable teacher with good teaching style. We jumped right into learning. It was great!
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Jacob March 31, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Dom is a fantastic guitar coach! He takes the time to know what your interests and goals are, then tailors the lesson to accomplish that goal in the most efficient and effective manner. If you're in a rut playing the same riffs over and over again, or just want to take your playing to the next level, I'd highly recommend taking lessons with Dom!
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About Grady T.

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New York, NY

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My personal philosophy of music is to explore and learn as much from my students as I can teach them. For me teaching is like going on an adventure to find something together. I've been able to play all over the world and tour with many different musicians and the thing that made the core of every great performance was the human interaction and communication. For me music is about being more human. This is something I just as much try to impart and teach in my lessons as theory and technique.
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About Travis H.

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Austin, TX
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Hey guys! My name is Travis, and I have been not only teaching private music lessons for 10 years but been playing in touring rock bands for almost as long. If you want to hear me play, look up This Day Forth on any platform.
My main objective with students is to help them realize their personal love for music. I believe lessons should be fun, not stuffy, full of laughter, not tears and most importantly harmonious with you own life style.
No two students learn in the same way, so it is my prerogative to find out how YOU learn best and adapt to make it fun for YOU.
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About Victoria N.

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Urbandale, IA

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I started playing the clarinet in the 5th grade and have been playing for 18+ years. I enjoy sharing my passion for playing the clarinet and enjoy teaching and looking for ways to help someone learn. I specialize in scales, fundamentals and general study for beginners (all ages). I will have some intermediate level positions opening up this fall, I will update my profile once I am available to take on additional students.

I have performed with local (SEIBA), collegiate (Central College & University of Iowa), and state (Iowa) honor bands with the clarinet.

Lessons take place in my home office (in person or virtually); message me to see if this might be a fit for you.

Instagram account for my students: iowaclarinetist

Fun Facts:
* I have a rescue dog whose name was Princess in the shelter. I couldn't bare the thought of taking
her "title" away, so her full title is "Princess Molly of Merriam" - Call her Molly :)
* I also play the tuba, flute, marimba, valve trombone & piano
* I love home projects
* Did you watch my video? You'll see that I have worked with some pretty incredible accounts (work related, not music related)
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Urbandale, IA 50322
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About Colleen S.

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Knoxville, TN
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Greetings! My name is Colleen Angela. I am a graduate of Thomas Edison State University, and my area of expertise is piano hymn-playing and classical music.

Since I've been teaching I have brought over 50 students from beginner level to Chopin and Beethoven.

I have been playing, performing, and composing choir and congregational music in Churches for 10 years now. Sacred music is my first love, and this includes hymn improvisation. Not only is it extremely rewarding, but the theory transfers to Jazz music and composition quite smoothly.

I teach all ages. Beginner students I enjoy in particular; as it's always a fun experience to learn and grow together.

I look forward to meeting you and teaching you the joys of piano!
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